Ringworm in the Scalp

Ringworm in the Scalp

Many of us know about the dangers of ringworm and take active steps to avoid it. No one wants to deal with going to the doctor and having to follow a course of treatment in between all of our other obligations.

Ringworm can also infect your scalp and cause hair loss. If you’re like me, you didn’t know ringworm had this much power. Keep reading to learn more.

What Exactly is Ringworm?

Contrary to popular belief, ringworm isn’t actually a worm. Ringworm is a skin infection that is caused by fungi that come in contact with the skin.

You can get ringworm by coming into contact with the following:
● Touching the skin of another infected person
● Touching pets (mainly cats and dogs) who are infected
● Touching objects that have the ringworm fungi on them
● Touching soil that with ringworm in it either by walking on the ground or gardening
You can get ringworm from other sources, but these are the most common.

Ringworm on the Scalp

You’ll notice you have ringworm on the scalp if there is a small bump or sore. That bump or sore will eventually turn flaky and scaly. At this point, your scalp will probably begin to hurt and will feel tender to the touch.

When ringworm infects the scalp, it can cause hair loss that causes your hair to fall out in patches. With this particular infection, doctors call it tinea capitis.

What to Do

If you’re noticing hair loss due to a ringworm infection, the first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with a doctor. They’ll be able to recommend an ointment or medication that can get rid of the ringworm.

In terms of hair loss, you have many options. There are pills and shampoos that are designed to boost hair growth, and there is even a clinic in Chicago that uses micropigmentation to fill in the hairline!